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   This page contains all the available sermon recordings from 2009.  If you're looking for a particular sermon and it isn't here, then it probably wasn't taped.  (A few recordings have not been placed on the website, either because they are of very poor sound quality or because they contain substantial quotations from copyright material.)

   The table below also lists the Gospel reading for each service (which is often, although not always, the subject of the sermon), and sometimes other relevant readings as well.

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title

date

readings

summary

file size

Looking to the Soul27-Dec-09Colossians 3: 12-17; Luke 2: 41-50Recognising and caring for the deep, eternal part of our being.10:57/
1.88 MB
Everything and Nothing24-Dec-09
11:30 p.m.
John 1: 1-14The Incarnation: from infinite potential to a tangible focus.7:08/
1.22 MB
Of Oliphaunts and Friends20-Dec-09Luke 1: 39-55Journeying: Tolkien's epic, Advent, and a safari in Botswana.  (Revd Shirley Brunton)11:28/
1.96 MB
The Right Time29-Nov-09Jeremiah 33: 14-16;
Luke 21: 25-36
Chronos and kairos - measured and perceived time, and the flow of God's purposes in history.12:26/
2.13 MB
Christ the King22-Nov-09John 18: 33-37Jesus and Pilate - authority that doesn't depend on power.12:45/
2.18 MB
Paradox and the Flood15-Nov-09
7:00 p.m.
Genesis 7: 6-23; Romans 6: 1-10False but deeply true; the story of Noah, and how it reflects the paradoxes of human existence.17:09/
2.94 MB
In the System8-Nov-09Mark 12: 38-44Church leaders who are in it for themselves.  How God can work even within a corrupt system.10:49/
1.85 MB
Ordinary People1-Nov-09John 11: 32-44The Parish Fair and the raising of Lazarus - how the ordinary details of life and the great purposes of God are inextricably linked.12:04/
2.07 MB
Throwing Off the Cloak25-Oct-09Job 42: 1-6, 10-17; Hebrews 7: 23-28; Mark 10: 46-52The healing of Bartimaeus as a metaphor for the way in which we all grow closer to God.16:20/
2.80 MB
What the Doctor Said18-Oct-09
7:00 p.m.
Luke 1: 1-4Words with the power to change lives: St Luke's Gospel and Tarore of Waharoa.13:18/
2.28 MB
Love and Marriage4-Oct-09Job 1: 1, 2: 1-10; Mark 10: 2-16The exercise of love rather than power; looking beyond the rules to the deeper principles of marriage.14:48/
2.54 MB
Genesis: the Fall27-Sep-09
7:00 p.m.
Genesis 3: 1-24Innocence, and the consequences of acquiring the knowledge of good and evil.14:33/
2.49 MB
The Book of Esther27-Sep-09Esther 7: 1-6, 9-10, 9: 20-22; Mark 9: 38-50Seeing God in the patterns of everyday life - the story behind the Jewish festival of Purim.20:30/
3.51 MB
Genesis: Beginnings13-Sep-09
7:00 p.m.
Genesis 1: 1-31Where do we come from?  How and why the first books of the Bible were written.18:56/
3.25 MB
Come As You Are13-Sep-09Luke 19: 1-10Christianity isn't about being good - Jesus and Zacchaeus, and God's unconditional love.12:39/
2.17 MB
Are You Man Enough?6-Sep-09James 2: 1-10, 14-17; Mark 7: 24-30The importance of fatherhood, and what happens when a society doesn't value it.12:57/
2.22 MB
Is This What I Signed Up For?23-Aug-09John 6: 56-69Orbital mechanics and the Bread of Life; why we shouldn't avoid the difficult questions.10:49/
1.85 MB
Iona16-Aug-09
7:00 p.m.
 -St Columba, the island of Iona, and the surprising culmination of a pilgrimage.22:04/
3.78 MB
David and Absalom9-Aug-09
7:00 p.m.
2 Samuel 14: 12-15King David 6: the beginning of the end.  What happens when conflict gets out of hand.20:48/
3.57 MB
Anger and Fear9-Aug-09Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2; John 6: 35, 41-51Existential anxiety; why people got angry when Jesus described himself as the bread of life.16:02/
2.75 MB
You Are What You Eat
2-Aug-09
2 Samuel 11:26 - 12:13a; John 6: 24-35
"As you sow, so shall you reap" - the importance of diet to body, mind and spirit.
10:36/
1.82 MB
True Love
26-Jul-09
2 Samuel 11: 1-15; Ephesians 3: 14-21; John 6: 1-14
Memorable meals.  The expression of love in human affairs, and in the Universe.
17:18/
2.97 MB
All Shall Be Well
19-Jul-09
7:00 p.m.
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Revelations of divine love: the life, thought and writings of Julian of Norwich.
20:19/
3.48 MB
To Warn and to Revive
12-Jul-09
Mark 6: 14-29
The narrow gate: prophets with a difficult message.  (Revd Shirley Brunton)
12:58/
2.22 MB
Conscience and Consequence
5-Jul-09
7:00 p.m.
Romans 14: 1-17; Luke 6: 1-5
St Thomas More.  The times when personal conscience is in conflict with the effect that actions have on other people.  (Alan Firth)
14:30/
2.48 MB
Go and Journey Lightly
5-Jul-09
2 Samuel 5: 1-5, 9-10; Mark 6: 1-13
"I am with you" - finding strength in God rather than in baggage.  (Ven Jan Clark)
15:23/
2.64 MB
The Touch of Silence
28-Jun-09
Mark 5: 21-43
A God who brings healing.  Reflections in holy places.  (Revd Shirley Brunton)
16:17/
2.79 MB
Towards the Light
21-Jun-09
7:00 p.m.
Isaiah 6: 1-8; 1 John 5: 1-12
Learning to bear the light - recognising that revelation can be unwelcome and painful.  (Jo Fielding)
11:09/
1.91 MB
A Light to the World
21-Jun-09
John 1: 1-14
Our Patronal Festival: connecting the themes of blindness and light in John's Gospel to the mission of St John's Roslyn.  (Alan Firth)
8:55/
1.53 MB
Linking Cultures
14-Jun-09
John 15: 9-17
Diversity and core beliefs - knowing what can be compromised and what can't, if we are to bear fruit.  (Richard Aitken)
17:46/
3.05 MB
Trinity
7-Jun-09
Isaiah 6: 1-8; Romans 8: 12-17; John 3: 1-17
An ever-giving God: the narrative model for the Trinity.  (Ven Jan Clark)
14:08/
2.42 MB
The Dry Bones
31-May-09
Ezekiel 37: 1-14; John 15: 26-27, 16: 4b-15
Doom and gloom and hope: Ezekiel's vision of the coming of the Spirit.  (Revd John Sherlock)
10:36/
1.82 MB
Betwixt and Between
24-May-09
John 17: 6-19
In this world, but not of it; our part in God's great drama of salvation.  (Revd Shirley Brunton)
9:57/
1.70 MB
Autumn Pruning - Ouch!
10-May-09
Acts 8: 26-40; 1 John 4: 7-21; John 15: 1-8
Seeing God's action in the painful, character-forming parts of life.  (Revd Shirley Brunton)
10:16/
1.76 MB
Listening to the Shepherd
3-May-09
John 10: 11-18
Different types of listening.  Using selective hearing to recognise and follow God's voice.  (Ven Jan Clark)
11:53/
2.04 MB
The Way Things Are Made
12-Apr-09
Mark 16: 1-8
Butterflies and stars: what the Resurrection tells us about the nature of the Universe.
12:46/
2.19 MB
Looking for Truth in all the Wrong Places
5-Apr-09
John 12: 12-16
"The medium is the message" - Jesus and Pilate, and the point of prayer and other spiritual practices.
15:21/
2.63 MB
What Do You Really Want?
29-Mar-09
John 12: 20-33
Psychological needs and real needs, and a strange answer to a simple question.
16:16/
2.79 MB
King of All Israel
22-Mar-09
7:00 p.m.
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King David 5: "A man after God's own heart" - David's strategies for uniting a nation.
14:52/
2.55 MB
The Witch of Endor
8-Mar-09
7:00 p.m.
2 Samuel 22: 1-20
King David 4: Saul's downfall, and how David built his kingdom.
21:13/
3.64 MB
Counterintuitive
8-Mar-09
Genesis 17: 1-7, 15-16; Mark 8: 31-38
The times when we have to abandon our instincts in order to survive, and where to look for guidance.
15:26/
2.65 MB
The Wilderness
1-Mar-09
7:00 p.m.
 -
King David 3: how a time of uncertainty and change gave David the skills he needed for kingship.
19:40/
3.37 MB
The Place Between
1-Mar-09
Genesis 9: 8-17; Mark 1: 9-15
Jesus in the wilderness, and the times of transition which we all experience.
18:50/
3.23 MB
The Tangled Web
22-Feb-09
7:00 p.m.
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King David 2: David's friends and enemies during a crucial phase of his life.
21:11/
3.63 MB
Says Who?
22-Feb-09
Mark 2: 1-12
Transcending the limits; our restrictive internal rules, and how to recognise and overcome them.
16:40/
2.86 MB
David and Goliath
15-Feb-09
7:00 p.m.
1 Samuel 17: 31-51
King David 1: an unlikely king - how a deeply flawed person became the hope of Israel.
19:23/
3.32 MB
The Heart of Being
15-Feb-09
2 Kings 5: 1-14; Mark 1: 40-45
Naaman and the singed koala: learning to let go of those parts of ourselves which aren't fundamental.
15:34/
2.67 MB
On Wings Like Eagles
8-Feb-09
Isaiah 40: 21-31; Matthew 8:23 - 9:1
Our deepest fears, and the larger context which dispels them.
12:10/
2.08 MB
The Word Became Flesh
1-Feb-09
Hebrews 2: 14-18; John 1: 1-14
Two pictures of incarnation.  Why it matters that Jesus was fully human as well as divine.  (Includes "The Gardener", copyright Alan Firth 2007)
16:34/
2.84 MB
The Deep Stream
25-Jan-09
Mark 1: 14-20
President Obama's inaugural speech; a reminder to pay attention to our underlying values.
11:08/
1.91 MB
All You Need is Love
18-Jan-09
John 1: 43-51
Our need for love and acceptance.  What it means to be loved.
14:34/
2.50 MB
The Waters of Baptism
11-Jan-09
Genesis 1: 1-5; Acts 19: 1-7; Mark 1: 9-11
The ceremony of baptism, and how it connects us with our origins.
11:28/
1.97 MB
Epiphany
4-Jan-09
Matthew 2: 1-12
New ideas from surprising places - our changing experiences of a timeless God.
13:59/
2.40 MB



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